BioEnergy Bytes

  • BioEnergyBytesDFSunEdison has dedicated a new solar power plant to the Mariposa Center for Girls in the Dominican Republic. The Mariposa Center for Girls is a non-profit foundation that works with at-risk schoolgirls, aged 8-18, to teach leadership skills and improve their prospects for the future. Currently the Center offers health and wellness care, academic tutoring, library and computer access, job and life skills training, and sports to the 100 schoolgirls in the Center. SunEdison donated $10,000 in cash plus an in-kind donation of equipment to the Center. Through this donation, Mariposa Center for Girls received a 9.9 kW solar system. Local workers received on-the-job training and installed the system.
  • Construction on Missouri’s largest investor-owned utility solar facility – the O’Fallon Renewable Energy Center – has begun with the ceremonial installation of the first solar panel. The plan calls for 19,000 solar panels spanning an area approximately the size of 19 football fields. The solar facility is scheduled to begin delivering electricity to customers by the end of 2014.
  • Rame Energy has agreed a 10-year deal to sell the power produced by a wind farm it is set to develop in South America this year, to Chilean energy fund Empresa Electrica. The company specializes in the development of wind farm projects in Chile, which produce power for large scale and energy-hungry industrial and mining companies located in remote areas.
  • New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced, as part of the statewide NY-Sun Initiative, a $60 million investment to support the Long Island solar industry’s transition to PSEG Long Island. PSEG Long Island will partner with NYSERDA to locally implement the statewide NY-Sun program. NY-Sun Initiative is a collaborative effort among public-private entities who are all working toward the common goal of achieving greater acceptance of and advancing the use of solar power in New York State.

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